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Amplify Culture Summit Oct. 24 Web Banner

This community is known for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship but important growth is happening in the creative sector too. Organized by the City of Waterloo, Amplify is a full day summit celebrating creativity and innovation in Waterloo Region. 

Amplify gathers researchers, artists, designers and creative industry members to showcase cutting-edge ideas that explore the fusion between art and technology. Participants will discover a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing, networking, and community building.

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  • Date: Oct. 24, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Location: Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo

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The public is welcome and online registration is required.

Time                        Event Participants  Topic
12:30 p.m. Registration     
1 p.m. Welcome     
1:15 p.m. Presentation - Creation. Collaboration. Community. Sage Paul Belonging 
1:40 p.m. Presentation - Narratives as Placemaking Christine Leu Placemaking
2:05 p.m. Presentation - Community-based Art Making and Art-based Community Making:  Innovation and Placemaking through Arts and Culture Jesse Stewart Innovation 
2:30 p.m. Q & A

Sage Paul, Christine Leu, and Jesse Stewart

2:50 p.m. Break      
3:10 p.m.  Peer-to-peer session - Building Community Piece by Piece

Meg Leslie, professional ceramic and mosaic artist 

3:10 p.m.

Peer-to-peer session - Fresh Start Creations: Building Community from the Inside Out

Kim Moore, Elsa Mann, & Allison Harris

Fresh Start Creations


3:50 p.m. Peer-to-peer session - Changing Lanes: Transforming a Roadway into a People Place

Hilary Abel, Mistie Brown, and Sarah Pepper, co-owner of J&P Grocery

3:50 p.m. Peer-to-peer session - Mischief with Purpose: How Art Can Build Community Jennifer Gordon & Laura Peart-McBride, artists Placemaking
4:30 p.m. Peer-to-peer session - Treading where angels have feared? Measuring success in Artistic Direction

Andrew Bennett &

Christine Tolton,

Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

4:30 p.m. Peer-to-peer session - Catalyzing Creativity with New Tools Darin White, Laurier Library Makerspace Innovation
5:30 p.m. Networking and Dinner    
6:30 p.m. Keynote Presnentation - Navigating Complexity: Building our Capacity to Adapt in a Turbulent World Richard Evans, EmcArts